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Nvidia quietly reveals new GeForce GT 440



/ 6 years ago

Earlier this month, the big news from Nvidia was all about their upcoming budget range of GeForce GT 430 1Gb cards, of which we have reviewed Inno3D’s flavour. Through all this though, it seems that Nvidia have sneakily been releasing their new range of cards, namely the GeForce GT 440, into the OEM market to give manufacturers a DirectX-11 compatible card for mid-range PC use.

Going by release specifications, the card is to come in two specifications, but this only varies in the memory specification.

The graphics clock is set to 594MHz and with the processor clock at 1189MHz & 144 CUDA cores, this is buy no means a basic card. As mentioned, the memory is where this card has 2 variations, one aimed to make the card an affordable option with 1.5Gb of GDDR3 at an effective 1600MHz clock and the other option designed as a high end option with 3Gb of GDDR3 at an effective clock of 1800MHz.

Both options are packing a 192 bit-memory bus and 43.2Gb/sec of bandwidth, but the 3Gb option does seem to be a bit overkill, considering the memory clock is not that much greater than the 1.5Gb’s, but this will inevitably help out OEM manufacturers & Nvidia stand out on the specification sheets for the retail market.

The cards are SLi ready but their only support is with an identical card from the same manufacturer. The cards are supporting of Nvidia’s PureVideo® and CUDA™ technologys and are also PhysX™ ready so are more than capable on paper of HD video. As standard, the cards come with HDMI, VGA, and DVI connectors and support a maximum resolution of 2560 x 1600 over the digital ports and 2048 x 1536 over the analogue VGA.

The HMDI port supports 1.4a and GPU accelerated Blu-Ray 3D (Playback requires a compatible software player) but x.v.Color, HDMI Deep Color and 7.1 digital surround sound will be added in a Release 260 driver.

With all these features in mind, the boards are designed with a single slot fitment and the total power draw from the system is a mere 56W which in turn keeps the cooler sizes down to a minimum.

Only thing that is missing from Nvidia’s information is the exact price of this card, however with the card aimed at OEM’s rather than the retail market, the cost should be kept quite low.

What’s you view on this new quiet release from Nvidia? Post you thoughts below and over on the eTeknix forums.

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  • zfact

    if the price is right, this could give nvidia the edge over ati after a long radeon domination. Most of the regular pc users will watch the price over performance, only depends if they will be able to recognize dx 11 benefitsedit: even a gaming rig with limited resources can easily use this card. Defienetly something I will recommend to a clanmate who is looking for a new card

  • buburuza72

    however, with all the details that we have over the nvidia lineup, i guess the gts450 is the most recommended for usual gaming. maybe going higher we`ll enter the high-end and mainstream and going lower will end up in saying why didn`t i pay 10-20$ more to play decent.

  • Chris

    zfact;13382 wrote: if the price is right, this could give nvidia the edge over ati after a long radeon domination. Most of the regular pc users will watch the price over performance, only depends if they will be able to recognize dx 11 benefitsedit: even a gaming rig with limited resources can easily use this card. Defienetly something I will recommend to a clanmate who is looking for a new card

    There's no point in recommending this card as it is an OEM only card – ie it will not be on the retail market for people to buy.

  • zfact

    -.- seems like I skipped a part while reading, sorry about that

  • Shadow1954

    zfact;13382 wrote: if the price is right, this could give nvidia the edge over ati after a long radeon domination. Most of the regular pc users will watch the price over performance, only depends if they will be able to recognize dx 11 benefitsedit: even a gaming rig with limited resources can easily use this card. Defienetly something I will recommend to a clanmate who is looking for a new card

    My opinion is that we need to see how the 6xxx series from AMD will perform when they get released with a stable catalyst version, then we can analyze the best card for the right price again 🙂

  • tilica

    If you ask me this is quite the last card to consider for playing something now and then. The 430 is really crap and why pay for it?

  • thebigbadwolf

    The 430 doesn't seem that bad, i saw the review on here and it managed to play Crysis WH and Dirt 2 at "ok" frame rates.

  • buburuza72

    well yes, but the prices for other upper models already dropped so i agree why not give something extra to have a better card?